Comments on: International flight film reviews http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/21/international-flight-film-reviews/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:02:18 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/21/international-flight-film-reviews/comment-page-1/#comment-746363 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 02:47:33 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10044#comment-746363 (Verrry) belatedly to report that I was up in Ithaca last week, for the first time in an epoch, and the SufferJets have now been joined by a second squad, the BlueStockings. The Ithaca League of Women Rollers seems to be at the epicenter of a kick-ass local or grass roots culture of the sport that extends from Rochester through Syracuse to at least Utica. The Burned Over District may be flaring back to life, who knows?

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By: cgeye http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/21/international-flight-film-reviews/comment-page-1/#comment-579264 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 16:50:43 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10044#comment-579264 Oh, dear, the tipping point’s already reached. The sport’s been invaded by ex-Olympians (which was noted in WHIP-IT through Zoe Baird’s character), either through ice, hockey or speed skating. Lots of teams now have a speed skater as jammer, which means either evolving a strategy involving more speed or extra-slow packs — and either strategy creates rifts between fans who just want an excuse to watch skimpily-clad chix while drinking PBR, and those who want the game to evolve.

Heavy sports management’s getting involved, too. Both Denver teams have contracts with the big firms for their venues, and WFTDA’s holding its breath to see if other teams can make the leap.

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By: thefrogprincess http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/21/international-flight-film-reviews/comment-page-1/#comment-578806 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 21:33:14 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10044#comment-578806 Historiann, I figured you were being somewhat sarcastic but I just wanted to drive home the point about how Sidibe never had a chance. The reports I heard said that if Bullock didn’t get it, Meryl Streep would, so Gabby was never in the running.

You and I also completely agree about Michael Oher being significantly more attractive than the actor.

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By: Kathie http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/21/international-flight-film-reviews/comment-page-1/#comment-578745 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 19:43:17 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10044#comment-578745 Oh, and I should have mentioned The Soloist, which I quite liked. It was based on real people and a real story in Los Angeles, but while it deviated a bit from the real story, it didn’t travel quite as far down the fantasy trail as some other films.

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By: Kathie http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/21/international-flight-film-reviews/comment-page-1/#comment-578741 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 19:40:55 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10044#comment-578741 I haven’t seen The Blind Side, but I wondered if Bullock benefited in the Academy voting by a kind of vote splitting, where votes were otherwise divided four ways between two older more experienced actors (Streep and Mirren) and two newbies (Sidibe and Mulligan), and Bullock ended up winning. I think all four of the others were better received by critics. I realize that votes are always distributed oddly, but the particular set of 5 female actors this year made me think that Bullock was the odd one out, and then she won. Being skinny and white were certainly not the only criteria, though knowing the right people was probably a factor.

I loved Whip It, my daughter highly recommended it, and then I was able to watch it with one of my sisters; we all thought it was great and greatly under appreciated. Good job, Drew Barrymore!

I also wanted to agree with John S.’s assessment of Crash as a terrible movie, which my circle of Los Angeles residents particularly resented for its fantasy view of LA in general and LA race relations in particular. And I despised The Hurt Locker for similar reasons – bad story telling, ridiculous dialogue, and completely unrealistic concerning the actual life experience of the people being shown.

But since when has reality had anything to do with the movies? I should know better by now.

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By: John S. http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/21/international-flight-film-reviews/comment-page-1/#comment-578710 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 18:25:36 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10044#comment-578710 Ah, my bad on the name! I neglected to use that most basic of research tools (according to my students), Wikipedia! I read about Oher’s feelings on this in an NY Times article from either the tail end of 2009 or beginning of 2010–after the movie’s release, while the Ravens were in their playoff push.

I wonder if him distancing himself from the film in 2009-10 has to do with the relative popularity of books versus movies in America. I mean, it’s one thing to have Michael Lewis write about your story in a book, it’s another for your life story to appear in a major movie. Many more people learned about Oher through the latter than the former. Maybe Oher had seller’s remorse by the time his narrative made it to the big screen? It may just feel different when millions of people “know” about you and how you needed saving by the white lady (Sandra Bullock). Not nearly so many read the book, I am sure.

(I also wonder, BTW, what kind of money Oher made, if any, when the Blind Side when from page to screen. I suspect–but don’t know–that Lewis pocketed the dough himself. Shouldn’t the subjects of a film like this get some remuneration? What are the ethics here?)

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/21/international-flight-film-reviews/comment-page-1/#comment-578696 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 17:20:24 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10044#comment-578696 John S.: (The protagonist of The Blind Side was Michael Oher.) Interesting that he distanced himself from both the book and the movie–they show him in media clips at the end of the movie. (And he’s MUCH better looking than the actor who plays him! How often does that happen?)

Level Best and the frogprincess (yesterday)–I should have perhaps noted that my supposed bewilderment about how Bullock beat out Sidebe was sarcastic. The Oscars are all tres politique, aren’t they?

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By: John S. http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/21/international-flight-film-reviews/comment-page-1/#comment-578692 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 17:04:00 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10044#comment-578692 @CPP: FWIW, Michael Ober (the football player protagonist of the Blind Side) refuses to read the book or see the movie. Apparently, after having friends read the book and describe its contents to him, he became convinced that it portrayed him in too negative a light (helpless and weak before the white family comes to save him, etc.). From the sound of that, I think it’s fair to say that his response to the movie might be worse. I haven’t read the book or seen the movie, so I can’t say if that’s entirely fair. But I find it interesting that he’s uncomfortable with the entire project.

@Level Best: That’s true about Sandra Bullock, but I wouldn’t discount the general “this is the story Hollywood likes to tell” factor. Think of SB’s other Oscar winning movie: Crash. To my mind, this is one of the worst movies ever to win Best Picture. But its embrace of cheesy faux-liberal racial platitudes (along with the Academy’s Brokeback Mountain problem) pushed it over the top. Her presence in both these movies suggests that Bullock may just have that perfect sense for picking the “feel good” stories voters love.

(But some may disagree with my review of Crash. My departmental colleague who teaches the history of race in the US loves the film, calling it “profound.” S/he even teaches it in class. So, YMMV.)

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By: Level Best http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/21/international-flight-film-reviews/comment-page-1/#comment-578686 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 16:44:54 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10044#comment-578686 “(How [Sandra Bullock] beat out Gabourey Sidibe for Best Actress is beyond me.)”
Answer(s): She’s white, skinny, and obviously knows the right people in Hollywood.

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2010/03/21/international-flight-film-reviews/comment-page-1/#comment-578268 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 04:30:47 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=10044#comment-578268 Re “Surly” Brown: The legendary Josephine “Ma” Bogash was 47 when she started with the Derby back in the Depression, and she skated for years. We never heard of Ann Cavello; we just thought the Bombers came in from outer space. Geraldine “Gerry” Murray was the NY Chiefs’ champion-goliath, and her big battles were with Midge “Toughie” Brahsun, who captained the Brooklyn Red Devils. There was a lot of WWF to it, for sure, but I think the rivalries and athleticism were real. The best part was when the attacking team joined hands to “whip” a skater past the blocking “jam” up front. Is that what the title of the movie reviewed above comes from?

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